- Save precious time discussing health matters, which you may not be comfortable with your clients.
- Provide your clients with outstanding travel medicine service and guaranteed up-to-date advice
- Ensure that your clients have a healthy trip and want to travel with you again.
- Travel is meant to Be Fun and Healthy Travelers Have More Fun…
Benefits To The Traveler
Benefits To The Travel Agent
A traveler who remains healthy during travel will be encouraged to travel again. If a traveler is pleased with the recommendations of the agent he/she will be more likely to use the agent again. With frequency of travel at an all time high, and with the reemergence of tropical diseases due to climactic and demographic reasons, it behooves the travel agent to make a recommendation to the traveler to obtain pre-travel advice.
The travel industry has a special opportunity to add value to their services by promoting the positive aspects of preventative travel health. The alternative to agents providing positive health assistance is for clients to avoid travel due to unknown risks.
Prior to the emergence of travel medicine as a medical specialty during the 1980s, many in the travel industry believed if an agent suggested that a client schedule a visit to the doctor prior to a trip, the client might view the suggestion negatively – so negatively, perhaps, that the traveler might even cancel the trip for fear of catching some incurable, exotic disease. As the first line of information for travelers, travel agents have historically advised travelers when passports and yellow fever vaccinations are required for entry to a country, but have avoided bringing up health risks. This has changed.
Recently, the International Society of Travel Medicine, ASTA, Association of Canadian Travel Agents, USTOA, Delta Airlines, Air Canada and Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped joined in a consensus statement :
- Advise clients of inoculations required/recommended for their destinations.
- Suggest getting professional health advise on recommended prophylaxis.
- Warn of the presence of Malaria in a country.
Travel Medicine is MORE than ‘SHOTS’
At ITHC, the pre-travel consultation focuses on recommended vaccinations (by the Center for Disease Control), required vaccinations, pills, other preventative means and health education for the traveler.
At ITHC, we are updated on a daily basis on disease outbreaks worldwide so that our clients are provided with the best possible advice.
ITHC also provides phone support to travel agents. We welcome brief inquiries from travel consultants to answer specific questions that a traveler may ask prior to visiting ITHC. Please note, however, that ITHC‘s reception staff is not medically trained and cannot give medical advice, i.e. recommendations. If the doctor is busy consulting when you call, leave your name and number and the doctor will return your call.